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150th Anniversary Programme

Our Sesquecentenary celebrations start in August 2018 and will include a number of social, musical and sporting events.

Saturday 18th to Friday 24th August
150 mile sponsored walk by the Principal from Malin to Methody.

Friday 24th August 2pm – 4pm
150th Anniversary Fair in the grounds of Methody to mark the start of the 150th celebrations.

Fri 19th & Sat 20th October
150th Rugby Tournament at Pirrie Park.

Saturday 20th October
150th Gala Dinner in Belfast City Hall.

Sunday 21 October
Tour of School and Afternoon Tea.
150th Service of Thanksgiving in St Anne’s Cathedral.

Friday 7th December
150th anniversary book, will be on sale.

You can buy your copy online by following this link to a secure website You can also buy the book in person from reception and at College events. The price is £40. If paying by cheque please make it payable to Methodist College Belfast.
Don’t forget to come along to the official book launch event at 7.30 pm on Thursday 13th December in the Whitla Hall. You will have the chance to hear the author Alan Frame interview a number of the Former Pupils featured in the book and then get your copy of the book signed.

Follow this link to visit the publishers website

All profits from the sale of the book will go to the College Development Fund, helping ensure that Methody will flourish for the next 150 years!

Thursday 18th December
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in the Chapel of Unity, MCB at 7.30pm

Friday 8th February 2019
Methody London dinner in the RAF Club Piccadilly, London.
This is a black tie event with a cash bar from 6.30, going in to dinner at 7.30.
This year's dinner  forms part of the Sesquicentennial celebrations, which have been following Methody’s first pupils through their first school year 150 years ago.  We look forward to a gathering of past pupils from all years and all corners of the globe. Spouses and partners are very welcome.
Tickets and information available by clicking here.

Thursday 14 March 2019
150th anniversary Easter Concert, Belfast Waterfront Hall.
Tickets for this event will be on sale from the Waterfront box-office in the new year.
We would be delighted if you could join us, but understand that that may not be possible. To provide all of our former pupils a chance to connect and be part of the celebrations, we plan to broadcast the Easter Concert online from the Waterfront Hall next March. Hopefully Collegians around the world will get together to enjoy the performances, including some pieces specially commissioned for the College, and join in what could be the biggest Methody senior chorus ever. It promises to be an entertaining and exciting event and an entertaining and exciting year. For updates, keep an eye on this section of the website and follow us on Twitter @MethodyBelfast
Saturday 16th March 2019
Methodist College Open Morning, MCB 10am-12noon.
An opportunity to visit the College and rekindle memories of schooldays. Refreshments will be available in McArthur Hall. Due to the development building work, School House will not be open to view at this time. Please note that this is a free, but ticketed event (for catering purposes). Online booking for this event:

Saturday 16th March 2019
150th Gala Dinner (2019) in Titanic Belfast.
Please note this is a ticketed event. Online booking for this event:

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th June 2019
Junior Drama Production.
Tickets for this event will be available from the College in June 2019.

Wednesday 19th June
Junior Prize Day, MCB at 2pm.

Friday 28th June
House of Lords Reception, London at 6.30pm-8.30pm.
Sponsored by former pupil, the Rt Hon & Rt Rev'd the Lord Eames OM.
Canapés and drinks in the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames. An optional tour of the Palace of Westminster is also available immediately before the reception.
This is a ticketed event. Online booking for this event: 
Commemorative Merchandise
Thanks to Douglas & Grahame (sponsors of the recent, hugely popular 2018 Gala Dinner in Belfast City Hall), Methody Collegians (previously Methodist College Former Pupils Association) has produced a range of high quality memorabilia to mark the 150th Year of the College. We have specially designed ties, bow ties, scarves, cufflinks and lapel pins that can be ordered by clicking on the link below:

MCB 150th Commemorative Coin

Commemorative Coins have now been added to our list of MCB 150th Commemorative Merchandise.

Purchases can be made for £10 each from the college within McArthur Hall (payment must be made in cash or cheque, made payable to Methodist College Belfast)

Floreat Collegium
Written by former pupil and renowned journalist Alan Frame, this commemorative book is a beautifully illustrated history of the College, rich in archive images and alumni recollections.

You can buy your copy by clicking this link: or from reception at the College and at school events.

Limited Edition Print of Methodist College Belfast
A fine art print of Irish artist George Burch's specially-commissioned painting of the College is available from Hanna Fine Art in a highly-collectable limited edition of only 150 prints all hand-signed and numbered by the Principal and the Artist to create a unique and historic piece of Methody memorabilia marking MCB's 150th anniversary. Presented in a double conservation mount and solid mahogany frame (22 X 29 inches), the cost is £195.00, which will be donated to the Development Fund. For further information please contact Maria Hanna on: 07711 725865.  

Ulster Tatler Photographs
Photographs from the 2018 Gala Dinner in Belfast City Hall are in December's Ulster Tatler. 
Methody Collegians
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Reconnect with us!
As we start the preparations for our 150th anniversary in 2018, we are currently trying to reconnect with our former pupils. We have a database of former pupil contact details but are aware that it needs to be updated. If you would like us to add your details, or amend any contact details that we currently hold, please email us at
We are also keen to contact those who have lost touch with the College and would ask that you direct other former pupils with whom you are still in touch to this page. Please feel free to share this message on Facebook or Twitter and encourage other former pupils to contact us. For additional Former Pupil news, please visit the website of the MCB Former Pupils Association or find them on Facebook or Twitter.